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Cool Berlin Mitte Karte images

Some cool berlin mitte karte images:

Easter Holiday, Roadtrip Idar-Oberstein
berlin mitte karte
Image by F.d.W.
Easter Holiday, Roadtrip Idar-Oberstein

Easter (Old English: Ēostre; Greek: Πάσχα, Paskha; Aramaic: פֶּסחא‎ Pasḥa; from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ) is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year.[1] According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Day or Easter Sunday[2] (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday). The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to be between AD 26 and 36, traditionally 33.

Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of the Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox.[3] Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21 (even though the equinox occurs, astronomically speaking, on March 20 in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar whose March 21 corresponds, during the 21st century, to the 3rd of April in the Gregorian Calendar, in which calendar their celebration of Easter therefore varies between April 4 and May 8.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many European languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are etymologically related or homonymous.[4] The term "Pascha", from the same root, is also used in English to refer to Easter.

Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but decorating Easter eggs is a common motif. In the Western world, customs such as egg hunting and the Easter Bunny extend from the domain of church, and often have a secular character.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter

Erbeskopf

Erbeskopf

Blick vom Erbeskopf

Höhe

816,32 m ü. NN

Lage

Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland

Gebirge

Hunsrück

Dominanz

113 km

Schartenhöhe

571 m ↓ Bruchhof, Homburg[1]

Geographische Lage

49° 43′ 46″ N, 7° 5′ 20″ OKoordinaten: 49° 43′ 46″ N, 7° 5′ 20″ O (Karte)

Besonderheiten

höchste Erhebung in Rheinland-Pfalz und höchster Berg im Hunsrück

Der Erbeskopf ist mit 816 m ü. NN die höchste Erhebung in Rheinland-Pfalz. Er ist gleichzeitig höchster Berg im Mittelgebirge Hunsrück und der höchste deutsche linksrheinische Berg. Am 17. Januar 2008 wurde vom Landesamt für Vermessung und Geobasisinformation Rheinland-Pfalz eine Neuvermessung vorgenommen; mittels zweier unabhängiger Messungen wurde die exakte Höhe des Erbeskopfes mit 816,32 m ü. NN ermittelt.

Geschichte [Bearbeiten]

Während eines Manövers 1892 errichteten Pioniersoldaten einen hölzernen Aussichtsturm. Der Verein für Mosel, Hochwald und Hunsrück (heute Hunsrückverein) beschloss 1894 den Bau eines steinernen Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turms. Der 24 m hohe Turm wurde 1901 eingeweiht, 111 Treppenstufen führten zur Aussichtsplattform empor. Am Turmeingang wurde 1933 ein Kiosk angebaut und hoch oben eine Klimamessstation eingerichtet.

Ende August 1939 wurde der Turm für zivile Benutzer gesperrt, um drei Stockwerke erhöht, mit militärischen Funkanlagen ausgerüstet und diente als Funksendezentrale einer Richtstrahlverbindung von Berlin zur Atlantikküste. Die Klimastation wurde zur Wetterwarte.

Amerikanische Truppen besetzen am 17. März 1945 den Erbeskopf. Sie erweiterten die militärische Nutzung erheblich und überwachten den gesamten militärischen Flugverkehr bis tief ins Gebiet der damaligen Sowjetunion. Drei große Radartürme sowie der nach 1960 unter den Südhang des Erbeskopfes erbaute „Bunker Erwin“ mit dem Kriegshauptquartier Europa Mitte dienten der NATO–Strategie als multinationale Gefechtsstelle im Kalten Krieg. Der Turm wurde am 18. August 1961 gesprengt, weil er den militärischen Radarrundblick behinderte.

Aussichtsturm
Außerhalb des Sperrgebietes wurde 1971 ein 12 m hoher hölzerner Aussichtsturm erbaut.

Im Zuge der politischen Entspannung zwischen der NATO und den so genannten Ostblockstaaten ging die Bedeutung der Lauschapparate und elektronischen Alarmanlagen auf dem Erbeskopf rasch zurück. Ein halbes Jahrhundert nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges zogen die US–Truppen ab und überließen ihre Radaranlagen der Bundeswehr unter NATO–Verwaltung.

Bis August 2004 war das Gipfelplateau ein stark umzäuntes Sperrgebiet. Seit der Beseitigung des Stacheldrahtes ist der größte Teil des Gipfels wieder frei zugänglich.

Jahrhunderte lang krönte den Erbeskopf ein Gipfelschopf aus mächtigen Buchen. In früheren Jahren wurde er auch als „Heiliger Hain“ bezeichnet, obwohl nichts darauf hindeutet, dass er einst eine Kultstätte gewesen sein könnte. Nach der Sprengung des Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turmes und großflächigen Rodungen bewahren spärliche Reste nur noch einen schwachen Eindruck der einstigen Urwüchsigkeit.

de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erbeskopf

Easter Holiday, Roadtrip Idar-Oberstein
berlin mitte karte
Image by F.d.W.
Easter Holiday, Roadtrip Idar-Oberstein

Easter (Old English: Ēostre; Greek: Πάσχα, Paskha; Aramaic: פֶּסחא‎ Pasḥa; from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ) is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year.[1] According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Day or Easter Sunday[2] (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday). The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to be between AD 26 and 36, traditionally 33.

Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of the Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox.[3] Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21 (even though the equinox occurs, astronomically speaking, on March 20 in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar whose March 21 corresponds, during the 21st century, to the 3rd of April in the Gregorian Calendar, in which calendar their celebration of Easter therefore varies between April 4 and May 8.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many European languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are etymologically related or homonymous.[4] The term "Pascha", from the same root, is also used in English to refer to Easter.

Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but decorating Easter eggs is a common motif. In the Western world, customs such as egg hunting and the Easter Bunny extend from the domain of church, and often have a secular character.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter

Erbeskopf

Erbeskopf

Blick vom Erbeskopf

Höhe

816,32 m ü. NN

Lage

Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland

Gebirge

Hunsrück

Dominanz

113 km

Schartenhöhe

571 m ↓ Bruchhof, Homburg[1]

Geographische Lage

49° 43′ 46″ N, 7° 5′ 20″ OKoordinaten: 49° 43′ 46″ N, 7° 5′ 20″ O (Karte)

Besonderheiten

höchste Erhebung in Rheinland-Pfalz und höchster Berg im Hunsrück

Der Erbeskopf ist mit 816 m ü. NN die höchste Erhebung in Rheinland-Pfalz. Er ist gleichzeitig höchster Berg im Mittelgebirge Hunsrück und der höchste deutsche linksrheinische Berg. Am 17. Januar 2008 wurde vom Landesamt für Vermessung und Geobasisinformation Rheinland-Pfalz eine Neuvermessung vorgenommen; mittels zweier unabhängiger Messungen wurde die exakte Höhe des Erbeskopfes mit 816,32 m ü. NN ermittelt.

Geschichte [Bearbeiten]

Während eines Manövers 1892 errichteten Pioniersoldaten einen hölzernen Aussichtsturm. Der Verein für Mosel, Hochwald und Hunsrück (heute Hunsrückverein) beschloss 1894 den Bau eines steinernen Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turms. Der 24 m hohe Turm wurde 1901 eingeweiht, 111 Treppenstufen führten zur Aussichtsplattform empor. Am Turmeingang wurde 1933 ein Kiosk angebaut und hoch oben eine Klimamessstation eingerichtet.

Ende August 1939 wurde der Turm für zivile Benutzer gesperrt, um drei Stockwerke erhöht, mit militärischen Funkanlagen ausgerüstet und diente als Funksendezentrale einer Richtstrahlverbindung von Berlin zur Atlantikküste. Die Klimastation wurde zur Wetterwarte.

Amerikanische Truppen besetzen am 17. März 1945 den Erbeskopf. Sie erweiterten die militärische Nutzung erheblich und überwachten den gesamten militärischen Flugverkehr bis tief ins Gebiet der damaligen Sowjetunion. Drei große Radartürme sowie der nach 1960 unter den Südhang des Erbeskopfes erbaute „Bunker Erwin“ mit dem Kriegshauptquartier Europa Mitte dienten der NATO–Strategie als multinationale Gefechtsstelle im Kalten Krieg. Der Turm wurde am 18. August 1961 gesprengt, weil er den militärischen Radarrundblick behinderte.

Aussichtsturm
Außerhalb des Sperrgebietes wurde 1971 ein 12 m hoher hölzerner Aussichtsturm erbaut.

Im Zuge der politischen Entspannung zwischen der NATO und den so genannten Ostblockstaaten ging die Bedeutung der Lauschapparate und elektronischen Alarmanlagen auf dem Erbeskopf rasch zurück. Ein halbes Jahrhundert nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges zogen die US–Truppen ab und überließen ihre Radaranlagen der Bundeswehr unter NATO–Verwaltung.

Bis August 2004 war das Gipfelplateau ein stark umzäuntes Sperrgebiet. Seit der Beseitigung des Stacheldrahtes ist der größte Teil des Gipfels wieder frei zugänglich.

Jahrhunderte lang krönte den Erbeskopf ein Gipfelschopf aus mächtigen Buchen. In früheren Jahren wurde er auch als „Heiliger Hain“ bezeichnet, obwohl nichts darauf hindeutet, dass er einst eine Kultstätte gewesen sein könnte. Nach der Sprengung des Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turmes und großflächigen Rodungen bewahren spärliche Reste nur noch einen schwachen Eindruck der einstigen Urwüchsigkeit.

de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erbeskopf

Nice Bb Hotel Berlin photos

A few nice bb hotel berlin images I found:

Image taken from page 602 of ‚[Appleton’s European Guide Book illustrated. Including England, Scotland, and Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Northern and Southern Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal, Russia, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Cont
bb hotel berlin
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Title: "[Appleton’s European Guide Book illustrated. Including England, Scotland, and Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Northern and Southern Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal, Russia, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Containing … maps, etc.]"
Author: APPLETON, Daniel – AND CO
Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 10107.bb.1."
Page: 602
Place of Publishing: New York
Date of Publishing: 1877
Publisher: D. Appleton & Co.
Edition: Tenth edition … revised and corrected.
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 000100294

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Image taken from page 490 of ‚[Appleton’s European Guide Book illustrated. Including England, Scotland, and Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Northern and Southern Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal, Russia, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Cont
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Title: "[Appleton’s European Guide Book illustrated. Including England, Scotland, and Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Northern and Southern Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal, Russia, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Containing … maps, etc.]"
Author: APPLETON, Daniel – AND CO
Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 10107.bb.20."
Page: 490
Place of Publishing: London
Date of Publishing: 1872
Publisher: Longmans & Co.
Edition: Fifth edition, corrected to June 1, 1872.
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 000100289

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Download the PDF for this book (volume: 0) Image found on book scan 490 (NB not necessarily a page number)
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Nice Berlin Hotel Berlin photos

A few nice berlin hotel berlin images I found:

20071018 Berlin EOS1362
berlin hotel berlin
Image by Mr Ulster
Luise Berlin Hotel. Berlin, Germany.

[Berlin] Hotel Adlon
berlin hotel berlin
Image by filmfrenzy
Site of Michael Jackson’s infamous "baby dangling out the window" scene

Adina Berlin
berlin hotel berlin
Image by Traveloscopy
These images have been supplied to www.traveloscopy.com on the understanding they are copyright released and/or royalty free.

Rio Spree / Spree River

Some cool western hotel berlin mitte images:

Rio Spree / Spree River
western hotel berlin mitte
Image by Marcio Cabral de Moura
Perto da Friederichstrasse.

The Friedrichstraße (lit. Frederick Street) is a major culture and shopping street in central Berlin, forming the core of the Friedrichstadt neighborhood. It runs from the northern part of the old Mitte district (north of which it is called Chausseestraße) to the Hallesches Tor in the district of Kreuzberg. Due to its north-southerly direction, it forms important junctions with the east-western axes, most notably with Leipziger Straße and Unter den Linden. The U6 U-Bahn line runs underneath. During the Cold War it was bisected by the Berlin Wall and was the location of Checkpoint Charlie.

As central Berlin’s traditional shopping street, Friedrichstraße is three blocks east of the parallel Wilhelmstraße, the historic heart of the old government quarter (Regierungsviertel) until 1945.

The Friedrichstraße was badly damaged during World War II and only partly rebuilt during the division of Berlin. The section in West Berlin was partly rebuilt as a residential street; in the late 1960s, the remains of the former Belle-Alliance-Platz at the end of the Friedrichstraße, renamed Mehringplatz, were completely demolished and replaced with a concrete housing and office development designed by Hans Scharoun. Despite its central location, this area remains relatively poor.

In the East Berlin section, plans were put into place to widen the street to four lanes as was done to the Leipziger Straße; the Hotel Unter den Linden (demolished 2006) and the original Lindencorso (demolished 1991) were the only structures built during this time with the wider profile of the street in mind. The Grand Hotel Berlin, East Germany’s top 5-star hotel, was built across from the Hotel Unter den Linden in 1987. Further plans were drawn up for a rebuilding of the street, and construction was well underway at the time of German reunification in 1990, when the East German Plattenbau-based construction was stopped and subsequently demolished; only a few buildings that were already complete and occupied were spared. The completed Berlin Casino building located at the corner of Leipziger Straße was torn down in 1994.

Friedrichstraße was rebuilt in the 1990s, and at the time it was the city’s largest construction project; work continues north of Friedrichstraße station. A number of well-known architects contributed to the plans, including Jean Nouvel, who designed the Galeries Lafayette department store and Philip Johnson, who created the American Business Center at Checkpoint Charlie. The redevelopment received mixed reviews, but the street once again became a popular shopping destination.

During the Cold War and division of Berlin, the Friedrichstraße underground station, despite being located in East Berlin, was utilized by two intersecting West Berlin S-Bahn lines and the West Berlin subway line U6. The station served as a transfer point for these lines, and trains stopped there, although all other stations on these lines in East Berlin were sealed-off ghost stations (Geisterbahnhof), where trains passed through under guard without stopping. At Friedrichstraße station, West Berlin passengers could transfer from one platform to another but could not leave the station without the appropriate papers. The section of the station open to West Berlin lines was heavily guarded and was sealed off from the smaller part of it serving as a terminus of the East Berlin S-Bahn and as a station for long-distance trains.
Wikipedia

Die Friedrichstraße liegt in den Berliner Ortsteilen Mitte und Kreuzberg. Sie ist eine der bekanntesten Straßen im östlichen Zentrum Berlins und wurde nach dem Kurfürsten Friedrich III. von Brandenburg benannt. Dieser regierte von 1688 bis 1713 und war ab 1701 als Friedrich I. König in Preußen.
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Estação de Friederichstrasse / Friederichstrasse Station
western hotel berlin mitte
Image by Marcio Cabral de Moura
Estação de trem urbano (S-Bahn) Friederichstrasse.

The Friedrichstraße (lit. Frederick Street) is a major culture and shopping street in central Berlin, forming the core of the Friedrichstadt neighborhood. It runs from the northern part of the old Mitte district (north of which it is called Chausseestraße) to the Hallesches Tor in the district of Kreuzberg. Due to its north-southerly direction, it forms important junctions with the east-western axes, most notably with Leipziger Straße and Unter den Linden. The U6 U-Bahn line runs underneath. During the Cold War it was bisected by the Berlin Wall and was the location of Checkpoint Charlie.

As central Berlin’s traditional shopping street, Friedrichstraße is three blocks east of the parallel Wilhelmstraße, the historic heart of the old government quarter (Regierungsviertel) until 1945.

The Friedrichstraße was badly damaged during World War II and only partly rebuilt during the division of Berlin. The section in West Berlin was partly rebuilt as a residential street; in the late 1960s, the remains of the former Belle-Alliance-Platz at the end of the Friedrichstraße, renamed Mehringplatz, were completely demolished and replaced with a concrete housing and office development designed by Hans Scharoun. Despite its central location, this area remains relatively poor.

In the East Berlin section, plans were put into place to widen the street to four lanes as was done to the Leipziger Straße; the Hotel Unter den Linden (demolished 2006) and the original Lindencorso (demolished 1991) were the only structures built during this time with the wider profile of the street in mind. The Grand Hotel Berlin, East Germany’s top 5-star hotel, was built across from the Hotel Unter den Linden in 1987. Further plans were drawn up for a rebuilding of the street, and construction was well underway at the time of German reunification in 1990, when the East German Plattenbau-based construction was stopped and subsequently demolished; only a few buildings that were already complete and occupied were spared. The completed Berlin Casino building located at the corner of Leipziger Straße was torn down in 1994.

Friedrichstraße was rebuilt in the 1990s, and at the time it was the city’s largest construction project; work continues north of Friedrichstraße station. A number of well-known architects contributed to the plans, including Jean Nouvel, who designed the Galeries Lafayette department store and Philip Johnson, who created the American Business Center at Checkpoint Charlie. The redevelopment received mixed reviews, but the street once again became a popular shopping destination.

During the Cold War and division of Berlin, the Friedrichstraße underground station, despite being located in East Berlin, was utilized by two intersecting West Berlin S-Bahn lines and the West Berlin subway line U6. The station served as a transfer point for these lines, and trains stopped there, although all other stations on these lines in East Berlin were sealed-off ghost stations (Geisterbahnhof), where trains passed through under guard without stopping. At Friedrichstraße station, West Berlin passengers could transfer from one platform to another but could not leave the station without the appropriate papers. The section of the station open to West Berlin lines was heavily guarded and was sealed off from the smaller part of it serving as a terminus of the East Berlin S-Bahn and as a station for long-distance trains.
Wikipedia

Die Friedrichstraße liegt in den Berliner Ortsteilen Mitte und Kreuzberg. Sie ist eine der bekanntesten Straßen im östlichen Zentrum Berlins und wurde nach dem Kurfürsten Friedrich III. von Brandenburg benannt. Dieser regierte von 1688 bis 1713 und war ab 1701 als Friedrich I. König in Preußen.
Wikipedia

Cool Hotel Berlin Apartment images

A few nice hotel berlin apartment images I found:

Karl-Marx-Allee Berlin
hotel berlin apartment
Image by Roberto Maldeno

The Karl-Marx-Allee is a monumental socialist boulevard built by the GDR between 1952 and 1960 in Berlin Friedrichshain and Mitte. Today the boulevard is named after Karl Marx.

The boulevard was named Stalinallee between 1949 and 1961 (previously Große Frankfurter Straße), and was a flagship building project of East Germany’s reconstruction programme after World War II. It was designed by the architects Hermann Henselmann, Hartmann, Hopp, Leucht, Paulick and Souradny to contain spacious and luxurious apartments for plain workers, as well as shops, restaurants, cafés, a tourist hotel and an enormous cinema (the International).

The avenue, which is 89 m wide and nearly 2 km long, is lined with monumental eight-storey buildings designed in the wedding-cake style, the socialist classicism of the Soviet Union. At each end are dual towers at Frankfurter Tor and Strausberger Platz designed by Hermann Henselmann. The buildings differ in the revetments of the facades which contain often equally, traditional Berlin motifs by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Most of the buildings are covered by architectural ceramics.

On June 17, 1953 the Stalinallee became the focus of a worker uprising which endangered the young state’s existence. Builders and construction workers demonstrated against the communist government, leading to a national uprising. The rebellion was quashed with Soviet tanks and troops, resulting in the loss of at least 125 lives.

Later the street was used for East Germany’s annual May Day parade, featuring thousands of soldiers along with tanks and other military vehicles to showcase the power and the glory of the communist government.

De-Stalinization led to the renaming of the street, after the founder of Marxism, in late 1961. Since the collapse of Eastern European communism in 1989/1990, renaming the street back to its prewar name Große Frankfurter Straße has periodically been discussed, so far without conclusive results.

The boulevard later found favour with postmodernists, with Philip Johnson describing it as ‚true city planning on the grand scale‘, while Aldo Rossi called it ‚Europe’s last great street.'[1] Since German reunification most of the buildings, including the two towers, have been restored.

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Ik flaneer door Friedrichshain, Oost-Berlijn, mijn tijdelijke woonplaats. Samen met correspondent Wierd Duk mag ik een paar weken lezers van deze krant gidsen. Ze zijn hier gekomen voor de herdenking van de val van de Muur. Verderop, op de Karl-Marx-Allee, vertelde ik over de voormalige paradeweg die – dat weet een gids – 89 meter breed is en bijna 2 kilometer lang. Hier, temidden van stalinistische pronkarchitectuur, werd in 1953 een arbeidersopstand neergeslagen (er zouden meer opstanden komen in het geknevelde Oost-Europa). En hier, aan het einde van die 2 kilometer asfalt, daar waar de Alexanderplatz gloort, werd 25 jaar geleden een nieuw bloedbad voorkomen. Het wonder van een geweldloze revolutie die van twee Duitslanden er weer eentje zoumaken.Graag bewandel ik deze laan van baardige Karel, die daarvoor naar Jozef (Stalin) was vernoemd en daarvoor gewoon Grosse Frankfurter Strasse heette. Modelflats staan er. Monumentale blokken met Griekse zuilen voor de hoofdingang. Soms zelfs marmer in de hal en surrogaatkroonluchters. Arbeiderspaleizen, sociale woningbouw voor de werkman. Ruime flats, hoge plafonds. En dat voor een huur van 50 Mark per maand. Zo willen we allemaal welwonen, toch?Ik check het bij een oudere man die net uit zo’n flat stapt. Dat van die lage huur klopt, antwoordt hij. De socialistische heilsstaat was de huurbaas. Tot aan het einde van de DDR. Na 1989 werd zijn apparte- ment verkocht aan een Duitse belegger. Die trok de huur op naar inmiddels 700 euro. Ja, best een ver- schil, vindt deze meneer, die oogt als een ambte- naar. Wat hij deed, durf ik niet goed te vragen. Het is bekend dat veel van de voor arbeiders bestemde modelflats uiteindelijk zo gewild bleken, dat ze wer- den ingepikt door mensen met relaties. Jongens van het regime, vriendjes. Tja, zo gaat dat. En niet alleen in socialistische republieken die van en voor het volk zeggen te zijn.Wat gebeurt er nu met de Karl-Marx-Allee, vraag ik hem. De straat gaat dood, concludeer ik uit zijn ant- woord. Voor oudjes als hij – pas als ze doodgaan mogen de onroerendgoedjongens de huurprijzen echt door het plafond jagen, voor de volgende bewoners – zijn er nauwelijks nog winkels waar je wat aan hebt. Geen groenteboer meer, geen bakker, geen kruidenier. Ja, een paar straten verderop, eentje. Een vriendelijke nachtturk die tot in de kleine uur- tjes bier, brood, beleg en lottoformulieren verkoopt. Dit soort winkels komen en gaan, weet de man, ter- wijl hij wijst naar een protserig restaurant waarin drie mensen zitten te eten. Een vol ambitie ingericht eethuis dat het ook niet gaat redden, dat voel je al. Want de Karl-Marx-Allee is een schaduw, een halteplaats voor Berlijngidsen. Eentje waar je lezers vertelt over 50 Mark huur.Ik hoor in gedachten de melodie van Over de muur van Klein Orkest en neurie mijn eigen tekstje: ‘Oost-Berlijn, Karl Marx Allee:Er wandelden mensen langs vlaggen en vaandels. Waar Stalin ooit op een voetstuk stond.’

Karl-Marx-Allee
hotel berlin apartment
Image by Roberto Maldeno

The Karl-Marx-Allee is a monumental socialist boulevard built by the GDR between 1952 and 1960 in Berlin Friedrichshain and Mitte. Today the boulevard is named after Karl Marx.

The boulevard was named Stalinallee between 1949 and 1961 (previously Große Frankfurter Straße), and was a flagship building project of East Germany’s reconstruction programme after World War II. It was designed by the architects Hermann Henselmann, Hartmann, Hopp, Leucht, Paulick and Souradny to contain spacious and luxurious apartments for plain workers, as well as shops, restaurants, cafés, a tourist hotel and an enormous cinema (the International).

The avenue, which is 89 m wide and nearly 2 km long, is lined with monumental eight-storey buildings designed in the wedding-cake style, the socialist classicism of the Soviet Union. At each end are dual towers at Frankfurter Tor and Strausberger Platz designed by Hermann Henselmann. The buildings differ in the revetments of the facades which contain often equally, traditional Berlin motifs by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Most of the buildings are covered by architectural ceramics.

On June 17, 1953 the Stalinallee became the focus of a worker uprising which endangered the young state’s existence. Builders and construction workers demonstrated against the communist government, leading to a national uprising. The rebellion was quashed with Soviet tanks and troops, resulting in the loss of at least 125 lives.

Later the street was used for East Germany’s annual May Day parade, featuring thousands of soldiers along with tanks and other military vehicles to showcase the power and the glory of the communist government.

De-Stalinization led to the renaming of the street, after the founder of Marxism, in late 1961. Since the collapse of Eastern European communism in 1989/1990, renaming the street back to its prewar name Große Frankfurter Straße has periodically been discussed, so far without conclusive results.

The boulevard later found favour with postmodernists, with Philip Johnson describing it as ‚true city planning on the grand scale‘, while Aldo Rossi called it ‚Europe’s last great street.'[1] Since German reunification most of the buildings, including the two towers, have been restored.

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Ik flaneer door Friedrichshain, Oost-Berlijn, mijn tijdelijke woonplaats. Samen met correspondent Wierd Duk mag ik een paar weken lezers van deze krant gidsen. Ze zijn hier gekomen voor de herdenking van de val van de Muur. Verderop, op de Karl-Marx-Allee, vertelde ik over de voormalige paradeweg die – dat weet een gids – 89 meter breed is en bijna 2 kilometer lang. Hier, temidden van stalinistische pronkarchitectuur, werd in 1953 een arbeidersopstand neergeslagen (er zouden meer opstanden komen in het geknevelde Oost-Europa). En hier, aan het einde van die 2 kilometer asfalt, daar waar de Alexanderplatz gloort, werd 25 jaar geleden een nieuw bloedbad voorkomen. Het wonder van een geweldloze revolutie die van twee Duitslanden er weer eentje zoumaken.Graag bewandel ik deze laan van baardige Karel, die daarvoor naar Jozef (Stalin) was vernoemd en daarvoor gewoon Grosse Frankfurter Strasse heette. Modelflats staan er. Monumentale blokken met Griekse zuilen voor de hoofdingang. Soms zelfs marmer in de hal en surrogaatkroonluchters. Arbeiderspaleizen, sociale woningbouw voor de werkman. Ruime flats, hoge plafonds. En dat voor een huur van 50 Mark per maand. Zo willen we allemaal welwonen, toch?Ik check het bij een oudere man die net uit zo’n flat stapt. Dat van die lage huur klopt, antwoordt hij. De socialistische heilsstaat was de huurbaas. Tot aan het einde van de DDR. Na 1989 werd zijn apparte- ment verkocht aan een Duitse belegger. Die trok de huur op naar inmiddels 700 euro. Ja, best een ver- schil, vindt deze meneer, die oogt als een ambte- naar. Wat hij deed, durf ik niet goed te vragen. Het is bekend dat veel van de voor arbeiders bestemde modelflats uiteindelijk zo gewild bleken, dat ze wer- den ingepikt door mensen met relaties. Jongens van het regime, vriendjes. Tja, zo gaat dat. En niet alleen in socialistische republieken die van en voor het volk zeggen te zijn.Wat gebeurt er nu met de Karl-Marx-Allee, vraag ik hem. De straat gaat dood, concludeer ik uit zijn ant- woord. Voor oudjes als hij – pas als ze doodgaan mogen de onroerendgoedjongens de huurprijzen echt door het plafond jagen, voor de volgende bewoners – zijn er nauwelijks nog winkels waar je wat aan hebt. Geen groenteboer meer, geen bakker, geen kruidenier. Ja, een paar straten verderop, eentje. Een vriendelijke nachtturk die tot in de kleine uur- tjes bier, brood, beleg en lottoformulieren verkoopt. Dit soort winkels komen en gaan, weet de man, ter- wijl hij wijst naar een protserig restaurant waarin drie mensen zitten te eten. Een vol ambitie ingericht eethuis dat het ook niet gaat redden, dat voel je al. Want de Karl-Marx-Allee is een schaduw, een halteplaats voor Berlijngidsen. Eentje waar je lezers vertelt over 50 Mark huur.Ik hoor in gedachten de melodie van Over de muur van Klein Orkest en neurie mijn eigen tekstje: ‘Oost-Berlijn, Karl Marx Allee:Er wandelden mensen langs vlaggen en vaandels. Waar Stalin ooit op een voetstuk stond.’

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Image taken from page 87 of ‚Handbuch der Erdkunde‘
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Title: "Handbuch der Erdkunde"
Author: KLOEDEN, Gustav Adolph von.
Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 10001.f.3."
Volume: 01
Page: 87
Place of Publishing: Berlin
Date of Publishing: 1859
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 001985252

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Yet another view of Germans on the streets of Belrin

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Yet another view of Germans on the streets of Belrin
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Image by Ed Yourdon
If it weren’t for the German signs in the background, I think this could be almost anywhere in the world.

This was taken on Charlottenstraße,one of the main streets in the "Mitte" section of Berlin.

Note: I chose this as my "photo of the day" for Oct 17,2015.

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For the final few days of our vacation, we traveled by air from Amsterdam to Berlin — and spent about four days in the “Mitte” section of the city, quite close to what was once the dividing line between East and West Berlin; indeed, our hotel was technically in East Berlin.

We spent the first afternoon wandering around the local area, partly to see the infamous “Checkpoint Charlie” (just a few blocks from our hotel), and partly to get a sense of the buildings, the people, and the overall “look and feel” of the city. Since I spend much of my time focusing on “street photography” in New York, I did the same thing here … and aside from the German language that you’ll see on a few of the signposts, the people look much the same as they do in any other big city.

I did get a few photos of the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Exhibition, and some video clips from inside the TierGarten (which I’ll upload in the next few days). I also took quite a few photos of some “street art” that was created on one of the few remaining sections of the old Berlin Wall; these two will be uploaded in the next few days.

We took a driving tour around the city one morning, including a quick circle around the old 1936 Olympic Stadium; we also had lunch in a fancy restaurant atop the old Reichstag Building, which is now (as I understand it) the home of the German legislature. But I certainly don’t feel that I saw very much of the entire city; it would be like making a whirlwind tour around a few parts of Manhattan, and then trying to claim that you’ve seen all of New York City.

As a child of the Cold War (and having been born exactly one year before the day that Hitler committed suicide), I have always been intrigued by Berlin — and would love to go back several more times to see more of the neighborhoods, the culture, and the people. I don’t think I would ever claim to “know” Berlin in any complete sense; indeed, I don’t even feel that way about New York, after living here for 45+ years. But I could certainly learn a lot more, and I found it sufficiently interesting that I would like to learn more…

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During the first two weeks of September 2015, we took a river cruise down the Rhine River, and wrapped up the trip with a few days in Berlin. This Flickr album contains various photos from that trip …

We spent the first couple days recovering from jet-lag in Interlaken, Switzerland. This is the site of the Jungfrau and various other spectacular peaks in the Alps range — but it was so foggy that we could hardly see anything. I’ve included a couple of videos of a tram ride down the mountain, as well as some paraglider who floated down into the town park.

We then traveled to Bern, where we got on-board a Viking Cruise ship that headed north for the next several days — eventually arriving in Amsterdam, after making stops nearly every day to see ancient castles and fortresses, as well as various villages and small towns that have survived various wars, tyrants, and regimes for well over a thousand years.

From our final cruise destination in Amsterdam, we flew to Berlin — where we spent a few days at a very nice hotel that turned out to be in what was once East Berlin. Indeed, the separation between East and West Berlin, once so obvious and important, is now almost impossible for a visitor to spot. Except for some rubble, and a few small mementoes (like Checkpoint Charlie, a few blocks from our hotel), there is no obvious difference between East and West from pre-1989 days.

Berlin – Boutique Hotel

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Berlin – Boutique Hotel
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Image by tom_stromer

National Stadium, Bangkok. October 2007.
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Image by adaptorplug
No suburban island technological biscuit tin stadiums here, where a ground floats isolated from the neighbourhood in the middle of ten acres of car park.

The National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, is slapped down in a major shopping zone with "slum" housing pressed right up close to the stands. A training facility sits to the left.

Asia Cup games are often played here. Where we sit in the rain to cool off from the usual 30 degree evening temperatures. Occasionally the floodlights pack up for no apparent reason.

This is usually the ground on which English premiership sides make endless substitutions when undertaking their summer Asia off season tours – the afternoon after they have been on the lash the night before in Bangkok’s less salubrious entertainment zones.

(Villa Park meets Highbury meets White City meets Berlin’s Olympic Stadium meets what looks like a tropical rainy day in Brighton.)

Photograph taken from the top floor of the Siam@Siam Hotel on Rama I / National Stadium. One of Bangkok’s refurbished and well poncey new designer boutique hotels.